Tornado survivor, hurt trying to save others, denied workers’ compensation
Mark Lindquist is an underpaid social worker who nearly gave his life trying to save three developmentally disabled adults from the Joplin tornado. The 200 mph winds tossed him nearly a block, broke every rib and put him in a coma for about two months. Lindquist ran up medical expenses that exceed $2.5 million, and the bills keep coming. But he has no medical insurance. He couldn’t afford it on a job paying barely above minimum wage.